Exit wounds

Dou­ble trou­ble as Glen­cairn and Wee Gers dumped

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Back Page - Mur­ray Spooner Mur­ray Spooner

Willie Har­vey ac­cepted his team did not play well enough to reach the next round of the Scot­tish Ju­nior Cup.

Ruther­glen Glen­cairn lost 2-1 away to Cum­ber­nauld United in the sec­ond round de­spite hold­ing the lead for more than an hour of the match.

Fraser Team opened the scor­ing on four min­utes as play swung back and forth through­out the first half.

But within an 11-minute spell in the sec­ond 45, United grabbed two for­tu­itous goals from close range and held on for the vic­tory.

Har­vey told the Re­former he was gut­ted to be ex­it­ing the com­pe­ti­tion so early. “We scored a goal within four min­utes but we didn’t play af­ter that,” he said.

“We didn’t play well but we should have at least got a draw in terms of chances cre­ated. I felt we looked in con­trol and we weren’t un­der any sus­tained pres­sure.

“Their boy down the left-hand side

Cam­bus­lang Rangers man­ager Paul McColl was still rag­ing days af­ter his side crashed out of the Scot­tish Ju­nior Cup.

The Somervell Park boss was not im­pressed with his team’s per­for­mance against Fife out­fit Lochgelly Al­bert who came from be­hind to win 2-1. Striker Liam Gorm­ley gave The Lang an early lead be­fore Scott Gib­son replied for the vis­i­tors of the East South League ahead of the in­ter­val. Al­bert con­tin­ued their dom­i­nance in the sec­ond half and sub­sti­tute John Fer­gu­son grabbed the win­ning goal to knock Cam­bus­lang out their sec­ond com­pe­ti­tion in two weeks. McColl, who

was caus­ing us grief but we sorted it out at half-time and can­celled them out in the sec­ond half.

“The fact we gave the ball away so of­ten was the dis­ap­point­ing thing.

“We just weren’t good enough on the day and we did not reach the stan­dards that we have set. We’re not blam­ing the ref­eree, we can only blame our­selves. When it’s your team let­ting them­selves down, that’s some­thing you can work on. Whereas if it is a ref­eree de­ci­sion, then you can’t change that.”

In one of few pos­i­tives Har­vey could take out of the game, he praised striker Fraser Team for his goals in re­cent matches.

The for­mer St Mir­ren and Accies man has im­pressed the black and white con­tin­gent in his de­but sea­son for The Glens.

Satur­day’s goal was the 25-year-old’s eighth in nine matches but he is not hit­ting the net as of­ten as his gaffer would like.

Cup crash Willie Har­vey, far left, and Paul McColl

Touch­line angst Willie Har­vey

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